EPA proposes reductions to biofuel mandates

Published: Dec. 7, 2021 at 8:41 PM CST
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KTIV) - Farm state lawmakers are criticizing a proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce the amount of biofuels that U.S. oil refiners are required to blend into gasoline.

The 159-page report, released Tuesday by the EPA, proposed revising the total amount of biofuels, like cellulosic ethanol and biomass-based diesel, to 17.1 billion gallons in 2020. That’s down from the previously finalized amount of 20 billion gallons for 2020.

The reason? The EPA blames the COVID-19 pandemic for an “unforeseen and drastic fall” in transportation fuel demand.

The agency also set the volume for 2021 at 18.5 billion gallons. That’s also less than the original mark for 2020. In 2022, however, the volume of blended biofuels was set at 20.7 billion gallons.

Several organizations reacted to the EPA’s report, including the Iowa Biodiesel Board, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, and Nebraska Corn Board.

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